Art and theatre lovers in Ballarat have a million reasons to celebrate, with the Andrews Labor Government’s latest round of grants providing support for tours and programs across the state.
Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight and Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard welcomed the grants, which will invest more than $1 million to attract flagship organisations to areas like Ballarat. It will support local groups to present shows in local venues and strengthen performing arts in regional.
As part of the Major Touring Program, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Wheeler Centre have received support to bring their work to Ballarat through exhibitions, workshops and performances over the next two years.
The latest round of support for regional touring and activities has been made possible through the Labor Government’s $20 million regional arts package – a four year commitment to the regional arts sector announced in the Victorian Budget 2015/16.
The next round of the Small Regional Presenters and Touring Victoria programs will close in August 2017.
For program guidelines, eligibility and a full list of the latest grant recipients, visit creative.vic.gov.au/news
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Whether it’s in big cities or small regional towns – creative activities make places more liveable, boost tourism and create jobs for artists, organisations and local arts workers.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight
“We’re thrilled to support out best arts organisations to come to Ballarat and every corner of the state.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Buninyong Geoff Howard
“Congratulations to the grant recipients, who work so hard to continue Victoria’s reputation as the Creative State.”